Vol 23 Issue 04

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The Conference

Third Session…. The Wednesday afternoon meeting of the Conference was opened by the Rev. G. M. Ophoff. He introduced the speaker, the Rev. E. Buehrer of green Bay- Wisconsin. Rev. Buehrer further developed the theme of the Conference “The Church” in his lecture on the topic: “The Commission of the Church”. Resume of Lecture…. “The Church is the body of God’s elect gathered from all ages and nations, redeemed by the atoning blood of Christ and gathered by Christ through His Word and Spirit. To that Church has been given a commission. It is hers alone and no other organization...

From Holy Writ: James 1:5

“If army of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5 The connection between verse 5 and the preceding is not difficult to understand. James proceeds in his epistle from the church’s position and calling in the midst of the world. A very tactful and realistic approach, indeed! The church is called by the Lord to be the party of the living God in a world which lieth in darkness. He exhorts the people of God to rejoice in the midst of their...

Christian Instruction

Off-Center. Whenever there is a center there is also an off-center. As in our own lives there is the danger of hiving off-center, so our Christian instruction is often in danger of being off-center. That is, something else than God, His Covenant and the Man of God receives the emphasis. Sometimes the tendency is to the right, sometimes to the left of center. The question is therefore not, what place can we procure for our children in this world or how can we educate them so that they may take that place which we assign to them. God assigns them...

King Philip IV of France and Pope Boniface VIII

As we saw, the long struggle for temporal power between Germany’s emperors and Rome’s popes came to an end. But the struggle continued. And it was the same old struggle. All that changed was the field of conflict and the contestants. As we will see, that field was now France, and the contestants the King of France, Philip IV, and Pope Boniface (1294-1303). The separate history of France began with the partition of Verdun in 843. As has already been explained, Charles the Great, who succeeded his father Pepin in 768, brought under his rule all Western Europe and thereby...

Eli’s Father’s House

We must now concentrate on the two terms “Eli’s house”, and “Eli’s father’s house” and determine the scope of the operation of divine wrath in the offspring of Ithamar in punishment of its sins. The distinction “Eli’s house”, and “Eli’s father’s house” is contained in the doleful message of the unnamed prophet to Eli, “Behold the days come that He—the Lord—will cut off thine arm and the arm of thy father’s house, that there shall not be an old man in thine house,” I Sam. 2:31. Aaron had four sons, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. Nadab and Abihu were...

The Tabernacle of Shiloh Forsaken

Though the people of Israel had put away their idols and were again serving the Lord, the Ark of God was not restored to the tabernacle of Shiloh; it continued to abide in the house of Abinadab many decades, definitely until David had it removed into a tent that he, himself, had pitched for it on Mt. Zion. This tent was not the tabernacle of Shiloh, the one constructed by Moses in the wilderness. The reason that the Ark was not removed to Shiloh’s tabernacle is that this tabernacle had been permanently abandoned by the Lord. We read of this...

Part Two, Of Man’s Redemption, Lord’s Day 21, Chapter 2: The Election of the Church (continued). Chapter 3: The Gathering of the Church

Chapter 2: The Election of the Church (continued) The supralapsarians conceived of the order of the various elements in God’s counsel thus, that the decree of predestination precedes those of creation and the fall; God determined to glorify Himself in some whom He ordained unto eternal life, and in others whom He predestined to eternal perdition; He decreed to do so in the way of sin and grace: the fall; He decreed to create. The decrees of creation and the fall serve, in God’s counsel, the decree of predestination. Hence, the name supralapsarians: those who conceive of the decree of...

Three Points and Four

The reader will remember that, besides the question concerning the covenant of grace, there were several other points of doctrinal controversy concerning which the Netherland Synod of Utrecht, 1942, expressed itself. They were the questions concerning common grace, self-examination, the two natures of Christ, and the immortality of the soul. There also was a controversy about the multiformity of the church. On this, however, Synod did not formulate any declaration. Thus far we only discussed the declaration on the subject of the covenant of grace. We gave this first place because it is on this point of doctrine that the...

Coming to the Throne of Grace

For we have not an high priest which cannot. be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Heb. 4:15, 16 All important exhortation! Let us come boldly, that is, with perfect confidence that we shall be received, to the throne of grace! And to this coming with boldness we are encouraged, first of all, by the very fact that the throne unto which...

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